Tuesday college basketball odds: No. 5 Florida at Missouri
It’s the first-ever trip to Columbia for the Florida Gators as they look to hand Missouri its first home loss of the season and inch closer to clinching the SEC regular-season title. UF opened as a 4.5-point favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
Missouri enters off a 73-71 loss at Arkansas on Saturday. The win was the first over the Tigers for Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson, who is in his second season at Arkansas after leaving Missouri. Keion Bell led Missouri (18-7, 7-5) with a season-high 25 points, while Earnest Ross added 16.
Florida won 83-52 at Auburn on Saturday. Mike Rosario scored a season-high 22 points, Kenny Boynton had 16 and the Gators (21-3, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 25-point halftime lead. Rosario had 18 points — two shy of his previous high this season — by halftime, when the game was effectively over. Michael Frazier added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range for Florida, which has won seven straight at Auburn. Erik Murphy added 11 points and went 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. The Gators have won their last three SEC games by an average of 24 points since their only league loss at Arkansas.
The game matched the worst loss for Auburn in coach Tony Barbee’s three seasons, tying a 90-59 defeat against Mississippi on Feb. 16, 2011. It also was the Tigers’ worst home loss since an 88-48 blowout by Kentucky in 1952.
UF has played suffocating defense this season, holding three opponents to 40 points or fewer, 11 under 50 points and 18 under 60 points. Florida ranks third in the country in scoring defense, allowing 52.6 points per game, and trails only Indiana with a +21.7 scoring margin.
Florida beat Missouri 83-52 on Jan. 19 in Gainesville. Scottie Wilbekin had 13 points and 10 assists, his first career double-double, and the 10th-ranked Gators dominated every aspect of the game. UF turned Missouri’s 21 turnovers into 34 points. Florida outscored Missouri 48 to 14 in the paint.. Florida’s 48 paint points are its most in a game over the last two seasons, while Missouri’s 14 are tied for its fewest in a game since 2011-12 (Feb 11, 2012 vs. Baylor). Missouri’s Phil Pressey had 10 turnovers, the most in a game for a Missouri player since the start of the 1996-97 season.
WagerWeb.com trends: Gators are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. Gators are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win. Gators are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Gators are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win. Tigers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Tigers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.